Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have shared a never-before-seen new release from the “Ghosteen” era – tune in to “Earthlings” below.
The track, written during the band’s 2019 album sessions, is the latest preview of the band’s new album “B-Sides & Rarities Part II”, which will be released on October 22.
The compilation album, compiled by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, is a follow-up to the 2005 album “B-Sides & Rarities”. The new disc features 27 rare and unreleased tracks from 2006 to 2020, including early recordings by “Skeleton Tree”, “Girl In Amber” and “Bright Horses”.
Scheduled for release on double vinyl, double CD, double deluxe CD and all digital platforms on October 22, “B-Sides & Rarities Part II” was previewed last month (August 19) by the release from the 2006 song “Vortex”.
Of the new track ‘Earthlings’, Cave said, “’Earthlings’ is the missing link that connects ‘Ghosteen’ together. A beautiful song that has just escaped … “
Listen to the track below:
Speaking about the new album, Cave said, “I’ve always loved the original ‘B-Sides & Rarities’ more than any of our other albums. It is the only one that I gladly listen to. It sounds more relaxed, if not a bit absurd in places, but with great songs throughout. There is also something about the smallness of some songs that is closer to their original spirit.
“’B-Sides & Rarities Part II’ continues this strange and beautiful collection of lost songs from The Bad Seeds. I love the last side of the last record because it reveals the humble and fragile beginnings of some of my favorite Bad Seeds songs. “Waiting For You” with a bizarre rhythm track “Canning Factory”, a magnificent “Life Per Se” deemed too sad for “Skeleton Tree” and “Earthlings” which some consider to be the best track of the “Ghosteen” sessions.
Meanwhile, away from the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are currently touring the UK to support their joint lockdown album ‘CARNAGE’, which was released in February.
Reviewing the tour warm-up show in Croydon, London, NME wrote: “Cave and Ellis [are] in their purest and classiest form; armed only with songs, love and a lot of feelings.